As Vanessa Bryant celebrates her 38th birthday this week, she found a special card she never expected to receive.
NBA star Kobe Bryant’s widow revealed she discovered a letter from her husband nearly four months after his shocking death in a helicopter crash alongside their daughter Gianna.
“Yesterday I found an envelope labeled To: The Love of my Life,” wrote Vanessa on Instagram. “From, Tu Papi ❤️I waited to open one more letter on my birthday. It gave me something to look forward to today.”
She continued, “❤️Missing the Love of my Life and my sweet little Mamacita- my fellow Taurus. Grateful to wake up to my 3 sweet girls today. Wish we were all together. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”
Vanessa’s caption was accompanied by a photo of the envelope.
In addition to her own tribute to her “sweet baby girl,” Vanessa shared a photo of a cake that Pau Gasol, Kobe’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammate, and his wife Catherine McDonnell sent in honor of Gianna’s birthday.
“Happy birthday Gigi,” read a topper on the white and gold cake, which was covered with multi-colored butterfly decorations as well as a banner on the bottom with Gianna’s “Mambacita” nickname.
“Thank you @paugasol @catmcdonnel7,” Vanessa, 37, wrote alongside the photo.
Gasol, who played on the Lakers from 2008 to 2014, and his wife also sent a special message to the family, posting a photo of the pair clasping hands while wearing red bracelets to honor Gianna, was killed alongside her father in a January helicopter crash.
“Happy birthday Gigi!” he wrote alongside the image. “Missing you an extra lot today.”
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) May 2, 2020